Greetings Tillamook Church Family and Friends,
We are officially entering the “holiday” season! With the coming of November, the feeling in the air begins to change. If feels like fall and even looks like fall with the beautiful colors of the leaves as they light the forest with wonder. I was traveling up Hwy 6 on my way to Portland this last week and the leaves were falling like snow (it was a windy day). All around there are things to be thankful for as we enter this month of reflection and anticipate the Advent season. And for the Mayne family it an extra exciting month as our daughter, Kate, is coming from Korea for a visit! We are so looking forward to her being home.
I recently listened to a book review on the radio. It was with Larry Smith, editor of the book: “A Terrible, Horrible, No Good Year: Hundreds of Stories on the Pandemic.” It is based on the idea of “six-word memoirs”. It is a collection by teachers, students, and parents using only six words to describe what is going on in their lives. Here are some examples:
“I’m sorry. I was on mute.”
“My EYES will do the smiling.”
“You’re not what I expected…maskless.”
“Each death makes space for grief.”
“Traded homegrown avocados for toilet paper.”
“I got to know my neighbors.”
It is an interesting activity to try to write your memoir in six words. Six words to describe a life. It is harder than it seems. “Tired: This making history is exhausting.” “Boy! These sweat pants got snug.” I’ve been interested in six words for a very long time. Six words of the Gospel I call them. “Once You. But God. So now.” They come from Ephesians chapter two, but Paul uses this formula in many places.
“Once you were dead because of your many sins…just like everyone.” Ephesians 2:1-3 This is our collective history, you know, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. This is everything the Bible deals with from Genesis chapter 3 all the way to Revelation chapter 20. We were dead. Born dead. Dead nature. Dead everything because of sin.
“But God…is so rich in mercy and he loves you so much, that even though you were dead because of your sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.” Ephesians 2:5 This is the gospel…But God. We were dead, but God made us alive in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
“So now you Gentiles (that’s us) are no longer strangers and foreigners. You’re citizens…members of God’s family.” Ephesians 2:19 We are family because of what God did, through Christ, to make us alive. This is the gospel in application. This is the result of what God has done for us.
Six words that I will forever be grateful for:
“Once You…But God…So Now.”
For these six words I am thankful this year.
In His Matchless Love,
Tim Mayne, pastor